Paul just barely made the cut for the main stage debate this week after missing the previous event. Trump, however, has decided to skip the debate and hold a competing event, citing ongoing tensions with host Fox News.
"This is a chance to really have a substantive debate on the issues. I'm looking forward to it," Paul said, noting that the other candidates on stage will have more time to speak without Trump present.
"It's all the better for the country, really, as far as I'm concerned," said Paul, who has been bashing Trump for days, calling the outspoken businessman an "orange-faced windbag" and "delusional narcissist."